But, the point isn't to gripe about the KS being late (though I could certainly do so). I like the lion god theme well enough (very light spoilers ahead), and have always enjoyed the fallen hero and faded glory sensibilities.*
But I also think that the Lion God is one of the worst offenders in Kingdom Death's gratuitous genitals offender list.
(I suspect someone will gripe about my decisions here because I usually get a couple, so I'm going to head point any who object to my previous article on modifying miniatures.)
So, I started by making the tail its actual tail, and by giving it back its fur and ears. This is the version I painted, and it was okay, but I still wasn't really feeling it. I hadn't dealt with the secondary issue, of its weird Will Ferrell face growth staring off at nothing and its decidedly uninspired crown. Unlike the previous issues I had, these were technical rather than conceptual, so I had left them.
However, I kept not feeling satisfied with the Lion God when passing it in my case, so I eventually realized that it was time to further chop it up.
Having already made the ears, I decided to take it further and do a whole face, which turned into one of my favorite fast sculpts ever, I think taking a movie to get it right. The half-skull was honestly unnecessary but I thought it really sold the meat puppet/pseudo-undead sensibility.
At that point, the lion had no crown, which just wouldn't do. I decided that the hand parasites were a good excuse to hold a crown, which is chopped up from a fantasy banner head. With the much less conventional crown look, something like 5 years after I got the model, I finally feel like the Lion God has a supernatural regal sensibility, enough that he's been fun to fight and good enough that I'm looking forward to a setting built around the monster.
*That aesthetic is pretty much the main reason I've like GW's setting even when I've objected to most other stuff, is why Astral Claws are my main collection in the game, and why I find their post-primaris stuff just interminably boring.